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Olsens lookout

Khancoban area in Kosciuszko National Park

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Applies from Fri 9 Sep 2022, 8.41am to Sun 9 Oct 2022, 8.44am. Last reviewed: Thu 29 Sep 2022, 4.26pm

Closed areas: Picnic area closed for upgrades

The Moyangul - Pinch picnic area along the Lower Snowy Drive is closed for minor upgrade works from Friday 9 September to Sunday 9 October 2022.

If you require access to toilet facilities, please use the toilets on the western side of the Lower Snowy Drive in Moyangul - Pinch campground. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Jindabyne office on 02 6450 5555.

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Applies from Thu 24 Feb 2022, 9.05am to Wed 8 Feb 2023, 11.00am. Last reviewed: Thu 1 Sep 2022, 8.15pm

Other planned events: Notice of ongoing 1080 baiting

The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be conducting a baiting program using baits containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of wild dogs and foxes. The program will be continuous and ongoing between 9 February 2022 until 8 February 2023. These programs are part of an integrated pest animal control strategy, aimed at minimising the impacts of these animals on neighbouring stock.

Baiting programs will be conducted in Thredbo/Ingebyra, Dalgety/Paupong and Corrowong/Tombong/Merriangaah Wild Dog Plan Areas. This includes the following sections of Kosciuszko National Park;

  • Thredbo Valley
  • Moonbah
  • Ingebyra
  • Paupong
  • Numbla Vale
  • Corrowong

Baiting programs will also be undertaken in Paupong, Merriangaah and Quidong Nature Reserves.

All baiting locations will be identifiable by signs.

Please be reminded that domestic pets are not permitted on NPWS Estate. Pets and working dogs may be affected (1080 is lethal to cats and dogs). Pets and working dogs must be restrained or muzzled in the vicinity and must not enter the baiting location. In the event of accidental poisoning seek immediate veterinary assistance.

For further information, please call the Jindabyne office on 02 6450 5555.

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Applies from Thu 12 May 2022, 10.00am to Sat 12 Nov 2022, 11.00am. Last reviewed: Sun 2 Oct 2022, 6.22pm

Other planned events: Notice of 1080 baiting program

A baiting program using meat baits and canid pest ejectors containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison will be conducted from Thursday 12 May 2022 until Saturday 12 November 2022 in the following parks:

  • Bogandyera Nature Reserve
  • Jingellic Nature Reserve
  • Clarkes Hill Nature Reserve

The program will also be conducted in the southern precinct of Kosiuszko National Park, which includes the following areas:

  • Geehi
  • Maragle
  • Tooma
  • Indi Range
  • Yellow Bog
  • Everards
  • Spring Creek
  • Khancoban

Entry into baiting locations will be identifiable by signs.

Domestic pets are not permitted in NSW national parks and reserves. Pets and working dogs may be affected (1080 is lethal to cats and dogs). Pets and working dogs must be restrained or muzzled in the vicinity and must not enter the baiting location. In the event of accidental poisoning seek immediate veterinary assistance.

For further information, please call the NPWS Upper Murray area office on 02 6070 8400.

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Applies from Fri 27 May 2022, 11.04am. Last reviewed: Mon 26 Sep 2022, 10.10am

Closed areas: Thredbo Valley Track Partial Closure

Thredbo Valley Track is closed to cyclists between:

  • Thredbo Resort and Thredbo Diggings Campground
  • Bullocks Flat to Gaden Trout Hatchery
  • Muzzlewood Track

The track remains opens between Thredbo Diggings Campground and Bullocks Flat.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the Jindabyne NPWS office on 02 6450 5600.

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Applies from Wed 8 Jun 2022, 11.34am to Tue 1 Nov 2022, 11.35am. Last reviewed: Thu 1 Sep 2022, 1.35pm

Closed areas: High altitude walks - Snow covered and hazardous winter conditions

Areas above 1600m in altitude in Kosciuszko National Park are typically snow covered in winter. Please note the following information when visiting these areas:

General:

Be prepared:

  • Low visibility, extreme winds, heavy snowfalls can all occur without warning.
  • Wear and carry appropriate clothing, carry navigation equipment and be prepared for extreme conditions.
  • Track surfaces and signs may not be visible.

Travel with care:

  • Choose your routes carefully
  • Steep and icy terrain and thin snow/ice cover over rivers and lakes can make travel very dangerous.

Avalanche:

  • There is a risk of avalanches in the higher areas of Kosciuszko National Park, particularly on Main Range and around Mount Kosciuszko.
  • Steeper, treeless slopes and the tops of ridges where overhanging cornices develop carry the greatest risk.
  • Snow stability varies with wind, temperature and the amount and patterns of snowfall.
  • Avalanches can occur at any time through winter and can be fatal.
  • Back country travellers should check snow and weather conditions before departure and remain alert.

 

Perisher/Main Range - areas above about 1600m, including: Kosciuszko walk, Guthega to Charlotte Pass walk, Main Range walk, Summit walk, Mt Stillwell walk, Snowgum boardwalk, Porcupine walk, Hanells Spur walk, Illawong walk, Schlink Hut walk and Dead Horse Gap track:

Expect continuous snow cover:

  • Skis or snowshoes recommended. Ensure footwear is waterproof, solid and with good grip.
  • Take a map and compass and know how to use them. All tracks are under snow and not visible. Most don't have above snow markers.
  • Take extreme caution when on all steep slopes.


Sub-alpine - areas above 1500m  - Rainbow Lake walk, Rennix walk, Thredbo River track:

Expect long stretches of snow cover with occasional continuous coverage:

  • Ensure footwear is waterproof, solid and with good grip. It is recommended that you carry skis or snowshoes.
  • Take a map and compass and know how to use them. Sections of tracks will not be obvious and most don't have above snow markers.
  • Take extreme caution when on all steep slopes due to slippery surfaces.

For more information, call the NPWS Snowy Region Visitor Centre on 02 6450 5600.

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Applies from Fri 24 Dec 2021, 2.18pm. Last reviewed: Fri 24 Dec 2021, 11.53am

Safety alerts: Bicentennial National Track - be aware of track conditions

Bicententennial National Trail (Tom Groggin to Murray Gates) has changed track conditions due to the impact from severe weather events.

Please take care and be aware of hazards when walking, horseriding or cycling in Kosciuszko National Park.

For more information, contact the NPWS Jindabyne office on 02 6450 5555.

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